There are several different types of birth control available to women. Some prevent pregnancy while others treat menstrual pain and symptoms of PMS. Birth control pills are a type of hormonal birth control. They contain estrogen and progestin.
These hormones can lead to breast enlargement, but it isn’t permanent. This side effect typically goes away after a few cycles or when the woman stops taking the pill.
One of the most popular birth control side effects is enlarged breasts. This happens because hormonal birth control pills contain estrogen and progestin, the hormones that are responsible for many of the physical changes that peak during puberty including wider hips and fuller breasts.
The amount of breast growth that occurs will vary from person to person, but is often more noticeable in the first few months of taking the pill. During these initial months, the estrogen and progestin will cause the fat cells in the body to increase in size and redistribute into areas like the breasts. These hormonal changes can also lead to breast tenderness and a tingling sensation. Regardless of the specific causes, it is important to remember that breast growth is only temporary. Once a woman reaches the placebo pill week in her cycle, her breasts will begin to return to their normal size and any increased cleavage will disappear.
It is also important to note that not all forms of birth control will make a woman’s breasts grow. Only those that contain estrogen and progestin, such as the birth control pill, the ring, the patch, and the shot will have this effect. However, there are also several other non-hormonal methods of birth control that will not make a woman’s breasts larger including the copper IUD and the Mirena coil.
Many hormonal birth control methods (pills, rings, a vaginal ring, IUD implants, or shots) put human-made versions of estrogen and progestin into the body to prevent pregnancy. These hormones can cause the breasts to feel larger and engorged because of fluid retention. This is usually a temporary side effect and can be reversed when you reach your placebo pill week or switch to another type of hormonal birth control.
The estrogen in the pills can increase the size of the fat cells in the breasts. This causes enlarged breasts without making them any heavier or fuller. The enlarged breasts can be uncomfortable, but the changes usually go away after a few months.
If you’re concerned about the size of your breasts while on birth control, talk to your doctor. They can suggest ways to minimize any discomfort. For example, you can try wearing a looser bra during the day to help with any swelling. Also, practicing chest weightlifting exercises can help strengthen the pectoral muscles in the chest.
If you’re looking for a way to make your breasts smaller while on birth control, ask your doctor about nonhormonal methods. Nurx offers several different types of birth control that do not contain estrogen or progestin. For a low dose of estrogen, they recommend the pill Alesse. You can also speak to a Nurx nurse about low-dose combination birth control pills like Yaz or Yasmin.
When birth control pills were first invented, they contained incredibly high doses of estrogen. This caused breasts to grow a lot, which is why this side effect is referred to as “birth control boobs.” Today’s birth control pills contain one-fifth the amount of estrogen, and they are more likely to cause only mild changes, such as fluid retention and breast tenderness. However, other hormonal birth control methods like the birth control shot and the hormone-free IUD are also more likely to increase breast size.
Aside from the types of birth control, other factors can affect breast size, including age (breasts generally reach full maturity during the teen years) and hormones during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In addition, other health conditions can also affect breast size, including autoimmune diseases and thyroid issues.
Women who are very thin or have naturally small breasts may be prone to experiencing larger boobs when they start taking oral contraceptive pills, especially those that contain estrogen and progestin. However, this change is temporary and usually goes away when the woman discontinues birth control pills. Women who are trying to enlarge their breasts can try various other methods, such as weight gain, exercise and wearing supportive bras. Adding more weight can make a noticeable difference in the size of the breasts because it increases the fat tissue in the chest area. In addition, foreplay and sexual activity can also cause the breasts to enlarge, and the areolas can become more prominent because of the swelling that occurs around them.